A few days ago a nice gentleman stopped by the museum with a letter he had written to the board and administrator (me). Howard spent a lot of time composing said missive and I would like for him to know how nice it is to get input from the community. He had some constructive criticism and interesting points to make. This is the 5th year I have worked here at the museum and often, I forget how the public perceives us. I have the "insiders" viewpoint and know what we are working on and what we think needs to be done, but can be rather blind as to whether our efforts are a success or need some adjustment.
This is the first winter we have "officially" been open all winter for quite a long time. The heating system has been repaired and now it is comfortable enough to bring in speakers for Saturday programs. Our field trips have been well received and more promotion has helped boost membership in the Historical Society. Several local foundations have granted us funds to revamp the metal building, digitize maps and newspapers, sponsor field trips, restore windows and work on other programs.
Without input from the community, organizations can stagnate. The current board of directors represent a broad range of general interests and ages. We appreciate those of you that are willing to tell us what you would like to see us do, what you think we are getting right or what needs improvement.